Sox Come Through In A Tight Spot, In a BIG Way

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The Red Sox bounced back from a tough game 2 loss to the Yankees in the ALDS by dominating game 3 in New York 16-1.  No that’s not a typo!  16-1!  That’s the Red Sox offense that we were hoping would appear and it couldn’t have come at a better time.  Mookie Betts bounced back with two hits, two runs and two RBI while Brock Holt led the way with the first postseason cycle in MLB history!  This one was over early but starter Nathan Eovaldi came through with a strong start going 7 innings and yielding only one run.  He ensured the Yankees couldn’t battle back and generate momentum at any point of the game;  hats off to him.

Game 4 is tonight and I wouldn’t expect a repeat of Monday.  It’s CC Sabathia vs. Rick Porcello and each pitcher has an extensive history against the other club.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are their career stats against each roster:

CC Sabathia:  1-0 in 3 starts with a 4.50 ERA and .300 average against.  This includes 1-0 in 2 starts at Yankee Stadium with a 4.55 ERA.

Rick Porcello:  2-0 in 4 starts with a 2.31 ERA and .143 average against.  This includes 0-0 in 1 start at Yankee Stadium with an 8.44 ERA.

Lifetime against each lineup:

CC Sabathia: .253 avg, .350 OBP. in a total of 257 at bats by the Red Sox lineup. 

Notable batter vs. pitcher matchups: 

Mookie Betts – .429 avg, 1.050 OPS.

Steve Pearce – .316 avg, 3 HR, .997 OPS.

JD Martinez – .143 avg, .393 OPS

Xander Bogaerts – .152 avg, 1 HR, .622 OPS

 

Rick Porcello: .198 avg, .257 OBP in a total of 227 at bats by the Yankees lineup.

Notable batter vs. pitcher matchups: 

Giancarlo Stanton – .375 avg, 1.125 OPS

Brett Gardner – .286 avg, 2 HR, .826 OPS

Aaron Judge – .250 avg, 1 HR, .868 OPS

Gary Sanchez – .154 avg, .404 OPS

 

Porcello has the edge based strictly on past performance as he has better career numbers against the Yankees than CC does against the Sox.  However the big x factor is the location of the game.  It can be daunting to pitch at Yankee stadium and Porcello fell flat in the playoffs the past two years.  In fact he’s never won in the playoffs so I’d say this matchup is really a pick ’em.  The Red Sox looked comfortable at the plate Monday so if they carry over that momentum they should win but the Yankees lineup is loaded and could very well put up 10+ runs themselves.  Whichever team scores first will play more relaxed and in my opinion, will win the game.

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